Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans

Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans: The Indianapolis Colts (6-5), led by quarterback Jacoby Brissett and head coach Frank Reich, meet the Tennessee Titans (6-5), led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill and head coach Mike Vrabel, in a Week 13 matchup on Sunday, December 1, 2019 (12/1/19) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Titans vs. Colts

Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Live stream (local market only): fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling

Live stream (out-of-market): NFL Sunday Ticket

Line: Colts -1.5, O/U 42.5 | Get betting tips and analysis via NJ.com/betting

Forget the big picture,

Sure, the Indianapolis Colts understand it’s a pivotal division game and the long-term ramification of Sunday’s outcome every bit as much as does Tennessee.

But with the hype building and the potential of a season-changing moment increasing, the Colts are reverting to what they do best: tune it all out.

“It’s hard to do that,” linebacker Anthony Walker said. “You want to stay the course, but I’m pretty sure it (the playoff picture) comes across everybody’s television screens when you’re watching. We know what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to focus on us and we’ve got to keep getting better.”

In less than two seasons under coach Frank Reich, Indy (6-5) has repeatedly demonstrated it can cast aside the outside noise.

When just about everyone wrote off the Colts following a 1-5 start last season, they rallied to win eight of nine before clinching a playoff spot with a 33-17 victory in Nashville that also eliminated the Titans.

After Andrew Luck retired during the preseason, the doubters discounted Indy’s ability to rebound. Instead, Jacoby Brissett took over and led the Colts to a 5-2 mark.

Now, with three losses in four games knocking them out of the AFC South lead, injuries mounting and their playoff hopes in peril, the Colts are getting back to basics.

“We have a tough challenge every week,” tight end Jack Doyle said. “So to be looking at anything other than this week really is a disaster.”

Tennessee (6-5) understands.

The Titans played their way back into playoff position last year by winning four straight December games before losing to the Colts yet again. They have replicated that strong run by winning four of five games since benching quarterback Marcus Mariota and going with Ryan Tannehill.

They’ve moved into a tie for second with Indy.

And though Tannehill hasn’t been much more successful against the Colts than the Titans, who have lost 14 of 16 in the series, a win Sunday would change everything.

The Colts know it and the Titans know it, despite downplaying down the significance of it.

“We definitely have to prove to ourselves that … we can be a team that can win this division,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said. “I think it starts with going through the Indianapolis Colts because we haven’t had much success against these guys lately.”

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